Hello everyone. I was hoping a few of you could describe your feelings since starting school this semester. Do you have tons of homework. What is a typical classroom day like. Is it few hours lecture. Is there a lot of papers you need to write in Nursing School. Those with kids, are you coping. Sorry so many question, it's just I am now in A&P and feeling a little overwhelmed myself, wanted to get an idea of how nursing school is. Is it more critical thinking and comprehension, more so than just memorizing info. Thank you for any info you can give me! And wish luck to all of you.
Sep 21, '05
I am 19 years old, but I am one of the youngest in my class. I would say 1/3 are currently raising children and they are doing awesome. I really have so much respect for them. Nursing classes are completely different than g.e. courses. Nursing isn't just about memorizing or understanding a concept. Its about taking that understanding and applying it. In that area nursing is completely different. When you walk out of an A&P class you generally know what you got wrong on a test. In NUR courses you are never sure b/c everything isn't black and white anymore. However, don't let any of that scare you. Once you are in nursing school you get used to this quickly and it isn't a big deal at all. The course load isn't wonderful either, but its something you get used to (just like the testing). I personally am really enjoying my program.
There are times when you are gonna be crazy, but take advantage of the fact that there is a classroom full of people experiencing the same things you are. The best advice I can give you is make some good friends in school, because they provide a great support system.
I remember asking the same questions last year and being incredibly nervous. Hopefully, I managed to help. This is something you really can do and don't worry about it. When you are in school you will figure things out and everyone in that class is gonna be figuring them out with you
Last edit by Loren2 on Sep 21, '05
Sep 22, '05
I am in my third semester of 5. This semester I have lecture Monday and Friday from 9-11. Clincal on Wed. from 0645-1330. Then there is about 4-5 chapters of reading total for each lecture from 3 or 4 different books, papers to write that are due about every 2-3 weeks or so on the day of your unit exam, there are articles to read on just about every lecture that you need to find online from different nursing journals, or take a trip to the school library to read their copy on reserve, then there are videos that need to be watched, CD roms to do with quizzes all before each unit exam. There are case studies to do, these also have to be typed up, then there are papers to write about different clinical experiences. There are care plans
that need to be done each clinical day. Then there is the clinical experience that is outside the hospital setting that could not be scheduled on your regular clinical day. There is working 30 hours a week to pay for your life and school debts. Then there is about 35 hours or more of studying each week. About 3 hours a night to sleep. And somewheres in there you have to take a shower and do laundry.
Nursing school is wonderful!! I would not trade it in for anything in the world. I love it and it is almost done. I personally think the semesters I have finished already were wayyyyyyyy easier then the first semester of A&P by itself:chuckle. good luck and do not get discouraged. It is hard, but it will all be worth it in the end!!
Last edit by AuntieRN on Sep 22, '05
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